After India beat West Indies by 200 runs in the 3rd ODI to seal the series 2-1, Hardik Pandya slammed the West Indies cricket board for poor arrangements.
Indian captains and the post-match presentations after the final ODI of the series appear to be a fiery combination. After women’s team skipper Harmnapreet Kaur coped with heavy criticism and also attracted a two-match suspension for her behaviour during the third ODI against Bangladesh and her words against the umpires in the post-match presentation, it was men’s team’s stand-in captain Hardik Pandya questioning the arrangements made by the West Indies Cricket Board during their tour. After India hammered West Indies by 200 runs in the third ODI to seal the three-match series 2-1, Hardik made no attempts to hide his displeasure about the travel plans and other arrangements.
Hardik was leading for the second time in a row as regular captain Rohit Sharma and star batter Virat Kohli were rested again to give more opportunities to younger players like Sanju Samson and Ruturaj Gaikwad. In the post-match presentation ceremony, former West Indies opener and now a renowned commentator, Daren Ganga, asked Hardik about the facilities at the Brian Cricket Stadium in Tarouba, which hosted its maiden ODI.
Hardik praised the stadium by calling it “one of the nicest” venues but the all-rounder was quick to switch to highlighting the shortcomings of the West Indies Cricket Board during India’s tour. Hardik went on to complain about not having “basic necessities” and wanted the hosts to take care of that in the future.